The “techniques” of prayers of petition are consistent and focused supplications to a God who is both Father and Brother, divine and human, who understands our needs and who will give us what is best for us when we ask.
The “method” of meditation is an open receptiveness and inner disposition to the voice of God as He whispers with great love and concern words conveyed by our own thoughts and the words of others.
But contemplation is a whole different matter. Contemplation is not a matter of technique or method. – it is a matter of love! It precludes all notions of techniques and methods. It is a state of being in which we rest in His presence and are open and attentive to His stirrings in us. In contemplation there is no active technique or method. We simply allow our existence, our being, to bask in God’s love; to swim in the ocean of His gifts, and to allow our being to be a thanksgiving. In contemplation we “touch” our being, and are touched by it.